bump #96: working mom

My first Mother's Day! 
May 10, 2015
If you hadn't guessed it by my absence from the blogosphere, I am officially back at work. Oliver is 11 weeks old so I've been working the last 3 weeks and have 3 more to go until Summer Break. YES!!! (insert victorious fist pump) It was SUPER hard to leave my baby boy at home but thankfully Andrew's semester of teaching college classes ended the week before my maternity leave ended. Daddy daycare is officially underway and going great. Sometimes my boys come visit me at work during my lunch break and it is the best!

Here's the play "Three Piggy Opera" my first graders put on Friday morning...
Trying to get 97 seven year olds to all sing and do hand motions at the same time was a special kind of cuckoo crazy. Glad that's over!

The last month has been a little crazy. Ok, a lot crazy.
Working everyday is totally overwhelming. How do you other moms do it?
I feel like I'm missing so much and it's only been a couple weeks!
If I didn't have to pay for a sub out of my own pocket, I would call in sick tomorrow.
I still might :)

Oliver has been super busy growing.

 He is busting out of his size 1 diapers. Thank God Costco is good about returns because I had to exchange a boatload of them today!
 He still hates tummy time, but is generally a very happy, chill little dude.
 This is just 2 weeks difference.

 Andrew can barely hold him with one arm!

Friends at work are still giving us tons of fun gifts. Ollie is super happy about it.


Oliver went to his first baseball game.

My first Mother's Day was super special, but it was also the week that my grandma had a massive heart attack and quadruple bypass surgery. Praise God she is alright and recovering, but that was pretty scary.
We went home and introduced Ollie to friends and family.

Andrew applied to lots of tenure track professor jobs the last few months and even though he got a few interviews (one was in Houston- shout out to the Joiners!) unfortunately he didn't receive any offers. So we are staying another year in California at our current jobs in San Diego. I always thought that once I finally became a mom I would be able to take a year or two off work to stay home and be with my baby. I know that sounds a little ridiculous, but it was the dream. When we realized we'd have to stay in California, that meant no being a stay at home mom for me. Bye bye dream.

We prayed about what we should do, knowing that my employer covers mine and Oliver's insurance, daycare costs are crazy, and we both need to work to live. Last week I had a conversation with the wonderful gal who was my long term substitute teacher while I was out about sharing a teaching contract next year. Essentially it means that we will both teach the same first grade class, but half time each. I still have insurance and a part time job, but I also get to spend at least 4 days a week with Oliver. The principal approved it and I am just waiting to officially sign a contract. Really hoping this works out! It's half the pay, but double the special time with Ollie so I call it a win.

Ready for plenty of sweet Summer days with this little snuggle bug!



  1. Boo to not moving to H-town but exciting about the job-sharing option- hope that works out well!

  2. Working part time sounds AMAZING right about now. We cannot afford even that at the moment with all of our student loans (booooo), but it's still me dream to get there (and sooner rather than later).

    Just a few more weeks until uninterrupted time with your baby boy! You can do it!

  3. Working full time with a baby or babies is tough! I still don't feel like I've got it all under control! But how lucky are you to be able to work part time!! Yay! And I cannot get over how much sweet Ollie has grown!!


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